April 24, 2020 Poker Gossip, Poker News Graham

Chris Hunichen’s Controversial COVID-19 Morbidity Bet Causes Huge Outcry and Makes Mainstream News

Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen has caused a huge outcry with an obscene prop bet. The high stakes tournament player has been asking for action on the total COVID-19 death count in the USA.

Chris Hunichen

Shameful of Chris Hunichen

Poker players are known for the occasional prop bet that shocks the community but many are saying this time it’s too much.

We recently reported on Mike “Timex” McDonald’s recent wager on how many basketball shots he can make. This is much more like what we are used to seeing. Not a macabre bet on how many people lose their life in this pandemic.

Chris Hunichen is one of the most well-known live tournament players in the world and has over $8 million worth of cashes on his record. Now though, it looks as if he’s going to be losing a lot of fans.

He brazenly asked for takers on a bet that more than 100,000 patients would die by September 1st 2020. Within minutes there were other well-known names from the poker world asking that he remove his tweet as it was disrespectful.

“…that is the most disgusting bet I have ever seen in my life.” 


35-year-old Hunichen was completely taken aback to the responses seen on his Twitter feed. He says he meant no malice nor had intent to cause offence.

He says his only intention was to raise awareness that too many people are dying out of the ignorance of others.

“u guys seriously dont get it? I am not rooting for deaths and have already said I hope I lose. But unfortunately too many fucking idiots refuse to take this serious and refuse to stay home or practice social distancing. So it is what it is,”

Chris Hunichen

Mainstream Media Involved

This story has not only offended much of the poker community, the mainstream media have also taken up the story.

The LA Times were made aware of the thread and contacted Hunichen to hear his thoughts on what had been said.

Speaking in a telephone interview Hunichen said,

“Every day, I would see some kind of article where some 30-year-old or 35-year-old dies from this stuff. Honestly, I’m terrified. If I get it, I feel like that’s going to be me.”

Maybe we shouldn’t be too tough on the man, even if what he has said is out of order. He is now holed up with his family including two young daughters aged seven and three.

He is also clearly concerned about the situation as his health is not perfect already being an asthmatic. This puts him amongst the most vulnerable section of the population.

As a kind of understanding that he now realises he’s done something wrong, Hunichen came up with a second bet for the same terms. This time the loser would pay $10,000 towards feeding the homeless in a city of their choice.

Don’t forget to check out all the latest poker news while we wait to hear what happens to this year’s World Series of Poker.

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